NEWS
Sunday August 20 2017
Line-ups: Atalanta-Roma

Roma look to Capocannoniere Edin Dzeko and new buy Gregoire Defrel in their season opener, a trip to last year’s surprise outfit Atalanta.

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), follow the build-up and action from all eight Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

The Giallorossi begin the campaign with a new Coach at the helm, Eusebio Di Francesco, and quite a few changes in the squad too.

Gone are Mohamed Salah, Leandro Paredes and Antonio Rudiger, in come Defrel, Aleksandar Kolarov, Hector Moreno, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Maxime Gonalons and Cengiz Under.

Rick Karsdorp is out injured along with Alessandro Florenzi and Emerson, while Stephan El Shaarawy is not 100 per cent fit.

The main decision Eusebio Di Francesco had to make was at centre-back, where Juan Jesus partners Kostas Manolas, leaving Federico Fazio on the bench.

Defrel completes the trident attack with Capocannoniere Edin Dzeko and versatile Diego Perotti.

Atalanta called up Leonardo Spinazzola, but he is not at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia, having bailed as he tries to force through a transfer to Juventus.

Mattia Caldara is not fully fit and only available for a place on the bench.

Jasmin Kurtic gets the nod rather than Josip Ilicic to support Papu Gomez and Andrea Petagna, while Marten De Roon is benched in favour of Bryan Cristante.

Juventus-owned winger Riccardo Orsolini and giant striker Andreas Cornelius could be important super-subs.

It’s a very even record in Bergamo between these sides with 19 home wins, 19 draws and 17 away victories.

Atalanta: Berisha; Toloi, Palomino, Masiello; Hateboer, Cristante, Freuler, Gosens; Kurtic, Gomez; Petagna

Atalanta bench: Gollini, Bastoni, Caldara, Melegoni, Castagne, De Roon, Joao Schmidt, Ilicic, Orsolini, Cornelius, Vido

Roma: Alisson; Peres, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Defrel, Dzeko, Perotti

Roma bench: Skorupski, Lobont, Moreno, Fazio, Nura, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Gonalons, Gerson, Tumminello, El Shaarawy, Ünder

Ref: Giacomelli 

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